With their loss to the Dodgers on Sunday night, the Mets fell to 49-60, dropping to 11 games under .500 for the first time since July 5, 2014, which was their low-water mark that season.
"We were overmatched," Mets Manager Terry Collins told reporters after Sunday night's game. "They outplayed us in every facet of the game. They obviously hit better than us, they pitched better than us. When you're hitting home runs you don't have to steal too much, you don't have to run the bases very often. You just have to jog. They did that more than us too."
The Mets, who were shut out by the Dodgers on Friday night and Sunday night, managed just two baserunners on Sunday (via one hit and one walk).
The Mets have not been 12 or more games under .500 since 2013, when they finished with a record of 74-88 after reaching a low-water mark of 17 games under .500 during the season.
Since moving to four games under .500 on July 25, the Mets have gone 2-9.
They trail the Nationals by 16 games for first place in the N.L. East and are 13 games behind the Diamondbacks for the second Wild Card.
The Mets are currently without Noah Syndergaard, Matt Harvey, Zack Wheeler, and Robert Gsellman -- who along with Jacob deGrom -- made up their Opening Day starting rotation.
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The Mets' team ERA of 4.97 is second-worst in the National League, better than only the Reds, who play their home games in one of the most hitter-friendly ballparks in baseball.
Being without Syndergaard for the majority of the season, and missing Harvey (who wasn't himself when he was "healthy"), Wheeler, and Gsellman has hurt. But the performance of the pitching staff as a whole has been appalling. While it's fair to blame some of this on injuries, some if it also has to fall at the feet of pitching coach Dan Warthen.
The regression from Matz has been stark, while the one being experienced by Seth Lugo was to be epected. Lugo outperformed his FIP last year by roughly a run and a half, and his peripherals suggested this kind of regression was on the horizon.
While the pitching staff has been a mess, the Mets' offense is middle of the pack (their 512 runs scored ranks 8th in the N.L.) and they've hit the fourth-most home runs (160) in the N.L. But the pitching has been so bad that it's left the Mets non-competitive during a season where they were supposed to be World Series contenders.
That it took so long for the Mets to promote top prospect Amed Rosario is head-scratching. And the fact that Dominic Smith is still not up -- because the team wants to showcase Jay Bruce at first base for a potential August trade -- is similarly head-scratching.
Perhaps Syndergaard and Harvey will return in a few weeks and, along with Jacob deGrom, give the Mets hope that their blueprint of riding strong starting pitching can work. But at the moment, the Mets have far more questions than answers heading in to 2018 as they play out the string.